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in san rafeal. owner steve maryfield worked hard to build his business 27 years ago. >> this doesn't look good. >> reporter: and now. >> this doesn't look good. >> reporter: how i now he is rebuilding it. >> a screen flashed up with a warning that says you have no access to your server. >> reporter: steve says a hacker took over his computer, freezing two programs he uses to track sales and special orders. >> we have hijacked the files, changed the file extension. we have changed your password. there's no possibility of accessing this data. >> reporter: but the crooks were kind enough to offer two options. either spend years trying to recode their hack or gain control for a price. >> $3,000 immediately and $1,000 every week you fail to comply. >> we are seeing a dramatic increase. >> is it profitable. >> very profitable. folks that do it can make 50, 60 thousand dollars a day by hitti hitting couple of countries. >> mcafee says it is successful because the ransom note looks like an official notice from the fbi accusing you of a crime. >> they try to scare you. you have inappropriate conte
with a warning that says, you have no access to your server. >> reporter: steve says a hacker took over his computer, freezing two programs he uses to track sales and special orders. >> we have hijacked the files, changed your file extensions. we've changed your passwords, there's no possibility of accessing this data. >> reporter: the crooks were kind enough to offer him two options. either spend years trying to decode their hack or regain control for a price. >> you can pay us this ransom, starting with $3,000 immediately and $1,000 for every week, seven days that you fail to comply. >> we're seeing a dramatic increase in ransom ware? >> reporter: is it profitable? >> they can make as much as 50,000 or $60,000 a day just by hitting a couple keys. >> reporter: often the ransom note looks like an official notice from the fbi, accusing you of a crime. >> you have inappropriate content you have stolen content, you have child porn on your machine, that scares people, even if they've never done it. still that the fbi has said we found child porn, that scares people to their very core. >> that's
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